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Why The Polar Vortex Should Have You Thinking About Your Homeowners Insurance

The holiday season may have come and gone, but the weather has remained quite frightful across the country as state after state deals with the residual effects of last week’s Polar Vortex storm. As a direct result of last week’s nationally awful weather, many insurance companies have already seen or expect to see an increase in the number of insurance claims made because of the damages caused by this year’s winter storms.

Last week highlighted that while there are things you can do to prevent major damage to a home in the cold, when extreme weather strikes, even the most prepared of us are at risk for winter weather-related problems in our home; once those accidents or disasters strike, we’ll often find ourselves looking to our insurance plans for help and assistance.

In the case of winter weather, we must rely heavily on policies such as our homeowners insurance, which protects our private property and offers financial assistance when something disastrous happens to said property. A typical homeowners insurance policy will cover damage to a home (and other structures) if the damage was caused by falling trees, wind, or frozen pipes. If heavy snow causes a roof, porch or other structure on the property to collapse, then that damage is often covered as well.

However, as with any insurance policy, depending on what exactly is listed as covered, some damages may not actually be covered by your policy. As highlighted on MSN.com, a few situations that are usually not covered include pipes that have burst as a result of the property owner taking no precautions, seeping water or snow, and damage as a result of backed up storm drains.

So what can a homeowner do to keep these situations from becoming a problem this season? In addition to weatherproofing their home to prevent prevent major damage, as well as taking other winter weather precautions where necessary, homeowners should know exactly what their homeowners policy covers. That’s why the staff at our very own Johnstown-based the Fisher Widmann Flick Insurance Agency (F.W.F Insurance Agency), as well as at our partner Safeco Insurance, are urging you to schedule an appointment now to have your homeowners insurance policy reviewed before another winter storm terrorizes your area.

Work with staff at one of our two companies, and we promise that you’ll leave knowing exactly what is covered in your home and what is not. Plus, if you’re unhappy with your homeowners insurance after speaking with us, we’re happy to work with you to help you find an affordable but still comprehensive insurance plan that won’t leave you out in the cold during this very chilly season.

So whether you’re located in Blaire County, Cambria County, Somerset, Latrobe, or in any other nearby counties, we’re ready to work with you! Contact us now to set up a meeting with one of our local representatives in central Pennsylvania! Our representatives will use their connections to 15 other major insurance companies, like Safeco, to ensure that your homeowners policy is just what you need to protect you from damage caused by severe weather this winter.

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